Saturday, March 15, 2014

Another Christmas Card - Merry Monday

Without any urgent need for a card for an upcoming occasion, I've been thinking about my Christmas cards.  I saw the challenge over at Merry Monday and thought I'd play along. 


I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted when I saw the challenge.  I have been waiting for a time to use gold embossing powder on vellum because the effect is so pretty.


I don't have a large poinsettia stamp, which would have made this card much easier, but I do have good 'ol Pick A Petal.  I used this stamp set before to make a poinsettia flower and it's a decent representation.  Twelve petals to stamp, emboss and cut out.  The background?  Strips of paper in the challenge colors.  Again, having glittered paper would have made this easier.  Instead, I used Scor-tape on strips to adhered the glitter.  It was labor intensive, let me tell you!  Very pretty, but labor intensive!  For that reason alone, I only made two or these cards.

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Start to My Christmas Cards

My recent 10 day absence was a result of no stamping energy.  I didn't have any good ideas or even the desire to stamp.  So, I thought maybe I'd shift my thinking and get a start on my Christmas cards!  I had a technique I wanted to try but every other aspect of the card was a blank for me.  Then, I saw Mary Jo's sketch and thought, "I can make this work!"

Here's her sketch:


And here's my card:


I wanted to use my new Chalk marker to color my snowman.  It's not an intense white, so after I colored it, I added highlights with my gel pen.  I had exactly 7 felt snowflakes left, so I made 7 cards.  The red banners were scraps from my file.  Most of them aren't full strips!  Since they are hiding behind my snowman (except the strip to the right) I was able to piece them all together!  I love using scraps!

We are bracing for another two snow storms this weekend.  One tonight that will only bring an inch or so.  Tomorrow night maybe up to another 4".  I can't believe this winter!  When will I see the bare ground again?  I'm suppose to start my seeds indoors this weekend!  Sure doesn't feel like it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Little Mojo Jump Start

I took a little time off,  just a little over a week this time.  We've had some more snow events, which should lead to stamping, but not this time.  I have been manning the snowblower and I am so out of shape, it totally wipes me out.  I used it twice yesterday!  The big question...when will this winter end?  Not soon enough for this gal!

So, today I made it into the craft room.  I had a few supplies sitting on the table that had never made it into a card (a challenge since past.)  I divided the supplies into two cards, so they will have similar themes.  This is the first, for Mojo Monday.


I used lots of papers from the Sale-A-Bration pack Sweet Sorbet.  It looks fabulous paired with black. The flower was one of the supplies sitting on my table.  It's made from vintage seam binding and a button from my stash.  The sentiment is from Regarding Dahlias.


The rest of the week should be kinda quiet.  I say kinda because we have another storm coming on Thursday.  It's still uncertain what path it will take, but more snowblowing may be in my future!

Hope you are having a warm and wonderful day!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Stippled Blossoms - Birthday

Hello, all my stamping friends!  Despite the crummy weather here, I'm in a very cheerful mood.  In the past couple of weeks I was chosen as a card challenge winner a couple times!  Last week the anniversary card I made for my brother and sister in-law was chosen by the ladies at Just Add Ink as their inspiration challenge winner!  So, I will be adding their badge here shortly!


I little further back, I made Headlines with my one layer card over at the Paper Players!






I haven't been making a lot of cards...but I have been enjoying the ones I do choose to make, and the challenges I have chose to participate in.  Today is another example of that.  I chose the color challenge over at Just Add Ink.  


Along with the sketch challenge at Techno Stamper!  It's Mary Jo's 300th sketch!  Can you believe it?  I think that's amazing she's kept it up so long!


So, here's the card .....


This is for my other sister in-law, who's birthday is coming up in about 10 days.  Some of my favorite things about this card?  The double stamping of the sentiment...it kinda gives it a 3D effect.  The embossing on the rose that gives it more dimension and depth.  Then, the combination of the wood stamp background (on an unusual color, no less) with the softness of the flower.  I hope she likes it!


As I said, the weather here has been cold and snowy and I'm about done with it!  Hubby was gone last week and yours truly had to shovel and snowblow!  I'm still a little sore...although not as bad I was expecting!  We got another 3 inches of the white stuff today.  I think we are right at our annual average and we still have plenty of opportunity to go above that!  The weatherman says we usually get another 12"-17" in February, March and April....oh, boy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Just Add Ink 200th Challenge Celebration

I was very lucky last week.  I happened to check my Feedly just about the same time Just Add Ink added their weekly challenge.  It's their 200th challenge!  It was lucky for me because they were looking for their 500th "like" on Facebook and their 800th blog follower and sending a little surprise to those readers.  I was the 500th "like!"  So, I just had to find time to do this challenge.  It's a great inspiration photo.


A scene like this would be so welcomed now.  I am so tired of the relentless snow and cold!  As luck would have it, I needed to make an anniversary card for my husband's brother and his wife, so this was a great jumping off point.


I used the sentiment from Petite Pairs along with Gingham Garden paper and washi tape.  I adhered the washi to a strip of paper to make my banner and stamped the washi with Stazon ink.  The leaves are wings from the Bird Punch.  The flowers and rhinestones are dollar bin finds.

It felt sooo good to make a card after a week off!  It's snowing again tonight...maybe no school tomorrow.  So, you never know, I may be home bound and making cards again tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Watercolor Wonder Cards - Round 2

I finished another "set" of Watercolor Wonder cards. 


My favorite is this "Love" card.  This idea started over at Rita Wright's blog.  She made a couple really clever cards using this stamp from Countless Sayings I.


 I still love this Hello, Doily stamp.  I must ink it up more often.  I used the sentiment from Regarding Dahlias, the leaves from the Bird Punch and a retired brad with a tissue paper flower.


A simple get well card using Thoughts and Prayers.  I purposely tried to keep these cards very simple, so they would be easy to replicate.  I used markers and the "thumping" technique to color the leaves.


This is Kenna's favorite.  She loves alligators.  Truth be told.  I had to cover a boo-boo, so I went with the alligator from Wild About You.  The speech bubble is from Valentine Defined, both retired, but I was making lemonade out of lemons KWIM?  Anyway, the sentiment is from the coming Sale-A-Bration set, See Ya Later.


Finally, my least favorite.  I struggled with this patterned card both times I used it.  It's very pretty...it doesn't need much help.  Maybe that's my problem, I tried to do too much with it....it's OK.  The sentiment is from Sassy Salutations.  I love this sentiment set!  I had a friend order it during a sale and I thought to myself, "That's kinda neat, maybe I'll get it, too."  I'm sure glad I did...thanks Crys!

So, I may try one more round of these cards.  Maybe inspiration will strike.

BTW - Kenna got her car!  The one we were negotiating the other day.  It's been to the shop, to get a few things tweaked and it's ready to drive next week!  Oh boy!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay warm as we prepare for Polar Vortex...round two!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

So Very Grateful [Love this Set!] Valentine

I didn't think I would be stamping on Monday.  We had plans to go buy Kenna her first car.  Well, negotiations came to a stand still pretty quickly and we left with no car, no need to get plates, no calls to the insurance company...nothing.

After catching the season-ending episode of Sleepy Hollow I headed to the craft room!

I used this sketch by Mary Jo for the Lunchtime Sketch Challenge over at Techno Stamper.





I stayed to the sketch....almost completely.  The rectangle up top was my only sticking point.  I played with this element for hours...literally...I'm sorry to say!  I'm so glad it turned out in the end!



There are three types of thread on this card!  I tried at least three different ribbons, too.  None of them made the cut...ha! ha!

My favorite element?  And where I started?  The Crumb Cake heart embossed and water-colored using my newest favorite set, So Very Grateful!  

This lead to another challenge over at Splitcoaststampers, "Using White on Kraft with Watercoloring."

Now, I have the rest of the day to get some things done!